Robert Curry Land - husband, father, brother, grandfather, storyteller, lover of coffee, dancing, and a good mindless, tuneless whistle - left us on February 22, 1992 due to skin cancer.

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Born in 1911 in Eclectic, Alabama to Barbara Marie Yates and Henry Fredrick Land, Bob was the fourth of five children and the youngest of the Land boys.

Bob spent his childhood in Alabama and eventually moved to Compton, California where he met the love of his life, Violet Ethel Sams. The two were married in 1933 in Yuma, Arizona.

Bob joined the US Navy in his youth and served honorably until the 1940s, when he was honorably discharged. After a short stint as a truck driver, Violet convinced him to apply with the fire department. He joined the department and spent a successful career as a fire fighter.

Bob and Violet had two sons - Roger James Land and Richard Steven Land. Bob was a strong, loving father who showed He loved coffee, fried chicken, and square dancing and always called his granddaughters darlin' the most beautiful example of how to be a husband.

Bob's grandchildren remember a happy, active grandfather who loved coffee, fried chicken, and square dancing. He always smelled like old school Old Spice - so much so that you knew immediately when Bob had arrived (that, and the sound of his near-constant, quiet whistling). He loved to tinker in his garage, was always on the lookout for a new bolo tie, and always called his granddaughters "darlin" or "sweetheart."

Life Story Info

Post Date

Oct 15, 2018

Personal Info


Eclectic, Alabama, United States


Camp Verde, Arizona

Cause of Death






Religion and Beliefs



Fire Department

Military Affiliation

  • Navy
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  • 1930
  • Apr 10, 1933

    Bob and Vi's wedding announcement, April 1933.

  • 1934

    Bob and Vi, 1934.

  • 1970
  • 1976

    Bob holding granddaughter Jen and Vi holding granddaughter Brittney in 1976.

  • 1990
  • 1990

    Bob in 1990.